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Old 06-16-2017, 04:55 PM   #1
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Anyone ever try one of these in their rigs?
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Anyone ever try one of these in their rigs?
I have. I have mine set up to automatically copy new photos when there's WiFi. It's really only as valuable as your internet connection. I use my chrome cast more actually. When I don't have wifi I use my phone and a MHL adapter.
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Do you have kodi on yours?
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I use mine all the time. I have about 600 movies and TV series episodes that I have stored on a portable hard drive. It's plugged into the Android and I watch them. I also have my music library on the HD and play it through the TV with a slide show background. Gone are the days of DVD disks and CD's for me.
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Yeah... I am investing in one and setting it up with an app that lets me stream whatever I want for free. Biggest issue will be... as you stated... the internet connection. Thinking of a Mobley device to remedy that.
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I forgot to mention my Zidoo Android box is also a HD recorder. It has an HDMI in port and the ability to record whatever is sent through it. I recorded the golf yesterday. (Good thing....it was a yawner)
It wouldn't surprise me if most of the Kodi add-ons went away in the near future.
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I don't know if they will or not... but even without kodi and the add ons... they are still nice to have... I mean... if you have cable/satellite at home... most providers offer some sort of Android app for watching tv. You might not get all the channels you want... but you'll get a few... and a few is better than none.
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most providers offer some sort of Android app for watching tv. .....

True..... I'm able to use my Sister's login info ( Michigan ) to watch the Tiger's on FS app.
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Exactly... so an Android box will still be useful even without kodi
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:02 PM   #10
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No worries about apps like Kodi "going away"....

Kodi is open source. Meaning the source code is free for anyone to download and modify to their hearts content.

Today ISP's and wireless providers know there is no way to block apps for much more than overnight. Plenty of Whitehats and darknet developers who probably already have the next generation app like Kodi.

Since Kodi is open source no way to prevent add-ons either. Worst case is users would need a VPN which is a pretty damn secure connection.

Plus there are also flavors on Linux built without the backdoor access the US Insecurity Bureaus have required since a couple years after PGP encryption program came out 20 or 25-ish years ago...see they could not break through it so our "protectors" decided to require that backdoor in all the OS's and what-have-you programs.
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Exactly... and thats what makes it an amazing option for entertainment on in the go
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You might consider the NVidia Shield Android TV box. There are scores of inexpensive TV boxes out there starting at $40 (I have boxes of them). But...keep in mind that they are custom Android loads with Google services turned off, and are generally not supported post sale and are breeding grounds for hacker tricks - like the backup goes to their off your shore accounts (with your login credentials et al).

The first time one of the services (like google Play store) needs updating, and the custom android OS won't allow...then you spend hours trying to find a revised firmware image and how to instructions. Then the $40 is expensive.

Anyway...Nvidia Shield I think is a better bet for longer term support at $100ish. Runs Plex natively, and Kodi is easy to add. Our myServer automation application supports both.
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Ok, So how do I get the VCR to rewind..........

Stuck in the '70s, and I don't have a 9 year old around to help.

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We have NVidia Shield Android and Fire Stick. Works great if you have access to good internet.
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